CMS message regarding novel coronavirus

We are sharing information and resources about the Novel Coronavirus.  At this time, there are no confirmed cases in North Carolina. The current risk to the general public is low. However, we are aware that this could change quickly.

We are monitoring the situation closely. In addition, we are following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about planning for a coronavirus outbreak. We are also working closely with the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department and other health/safety officials on emergency-preparedness planning.

Should there be a coronavirus outbreak in Mecklenburg County, CMS will consider alternative learning environments and ways to prevent unnecessary exposures, including canceling or postponing any large events. Custodians have been instructed to spend extra time cleaning and disinfecting schools.

Our best protection at this time is prevention. We continue to recommend the same precautions that help to prevent the spread of all respiratory illness, including flu:

Follow your doctor's orders: If your child is told to stay home, keep him or her home!

When children have a fever with cold/flu symptoms, keep them home from school until they have been fever-free (without the aid of fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours. 

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, or cough or sneeze into your inner elbow.
  • Keep your fingers out of your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. If not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Get a flu vaccination.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Here are a few additional resources:

https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/Update-on-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx

https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The North Carolina Division of Public Health has established a call line at 1-866-462-3821 to address general questions about coronavirus from the public. 

P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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